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Diver regains lost... prosthetic leg

A wonderful story took place in the UK, where a diver travelled over 160km to dive into the cold and murky waters of the River Tees in search of an artificial leg. A prosthesis belonging to Kate Sunley ‘disappeared’ left on the bank while the owner went for a swim. The woman suspected that her
Published: September 26, 2018 - 20:15
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 17:17
Diver regains lost… prosthetic leg

A wonderful story took place in the UK, where a diver travelled over 160km to dive into the cold and murky waters of the River Tees in search of an artificial leg. A prosthesis belonging to Kate Sunley ‘disappeared’ left on the bank while the owner went for a swim. The woman suspected that her property had been stolen, fortunately the whole story ended with a happy ending.

Diver Neil Richmond travelled over 160km, only to plunge into the dark and cold waters of the River Tees in search of his missing leg. The case may seem hilarious on the surface, but not for Kate Sunley, who cannot function without her prosthesis.

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Fortunately, despite unfavourable underwater conditions, the doomed swimmer managed to scamper away, lying on the bottom about 3 metres from where it had been left on the shore by its owner.

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[blockquote style=”2″]”Mr Richmond is a hero who has restored my faith in humanity. My prosthesis is an integral part of my life and I am unable to function normally without it.” – said a delighted Ms Sunley afterwards[/blockquote].

It all started with an appeal by Kate Sunely, made on social media, where she asked for her property to be returned to her and for help to recover it. The information reached Neil Richmond, who said that the situation could not be left like this and that he could try to look for the prosthesis in nearby water.

[blockquote style=”2″]”I could only see a few centimetres underwater, and as a result I had to search in the dark. It was probably the worst dive I’ve done in the last year. It was something like diving into cold coffee. I ended up on a mountain bike and a shopping trolley before I found my way out,” – reported Neil Richmond afterwards[/blockquote].

Mrs Sunley was delighted to learn that the dive was a complete success. As she explained, the event restored her faith in humanity.

[blockquote style=”2″]”I love swimming. In the water, I don’t need my prosthesis and I’m functional just like everyone else. I was sad because I thought my property had been stolen. On the shore I left it in such a place that it couldn’t just slide into the water. Maybe some curious children did it? I don’t think anyone specifically wanted to make my life miserable, these things happen sometimes,” concluded a happy Mrs Sunley.[/blockquote]

Source: bbc.com

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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